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Hittade tre guldkorn till citat som jag vill dela så här i förbifarten.För er som tycker det är svårt med engelskan ber jag om ursäkt (hinner inte ta mig tid att översätta dem just nu tyvärr).

Det första av citaten är av vår ”hemgånge” broder Theodore Austin-Sparks:

”‘The time is coming, yes, and has already come, when true worshippers will worship in spirit and in reality. Indeed, the Father looks for men who will worship Him like that.’ (John 4:23, Phillips)

Jesus said to the woman, ”the hour cometh, and now is.” Then He dismissed the whole system that had existed up to that time. It was the whole system of Judaism according to the Old Testament. In one sentence, He dismissed the whole dispensation. And He introduced an altogether new order of things.

What did He mean? Because when He said the hour cometh, and now is, He did not mean literally just an hour and so many minutes. He meant that it was the first hour of the new day. With this hour an altogether new day has come. What is the new day? If you would have asked Jesus to put it into a short sentence, He would have said, ”Well, I am here.” The hour is not just a matter of time but a matter of PERSON. The new dispensation is the dispensation of Jesus Christ. Christ is the new dispensation. ”I am here,” He said. You go through that Gospel of John. He is centering everything in Himself. ”I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life; I am the Shepherd; I am the Vine; I am the Resurrection.” It is a Person. It is that which lies behind everything. Christianity is Christ. Christ is Christianity. That is where it all begins and it never departs from HIM. The development of the Christian life is only the development of Jesus Christ in the life.”
~ Theodore Austin-Sparks ~
”That They May All Be One, Even As We Are One” – Meeting 7

Det andra citatet handlar om det populära ämnet ”lärjungaskap”  och hur vi som församlingen är verktyg i att tillsammans förvandlas till Jesu avbild. Broder Milt Rodriguez uttrycker sig så här:

“True discipleship…[is] not a matter of being placed into a program of individual training of bible study, individual prayer, individual evangelism, and individual character development. Rather, it is the life transformation process of being practically conformed into His image. This is the out flowing of His community life. It is the fleshing out of the fellowship of the Godhead.”
Milt Rodriguez ~

Jon Zens har också uttalat sig om ”lärjungaskap” och formulerar sig så här:

“Our life is not about “making disciples,” “multiplying churches,” or “completing the Great Commission in our generation. Our life is Christ. Of course, Paul traveled around and endured many hardships for the Gospel’s sake. But his passion in life was not to be a “soul-winner,” to see a church planted in every city, or to envision millions of house churches covering the earth. He summed up his life’s passion with clarity: “for me to live is Christ . . . the love of Christ compels me . . . that I might know him and the fellowship of his sufferings.”
~ Jon Zens

Efter de två sista citaten handlar om ”lärjungaskap” kom jag osökt att tänka på några bloggartiklar av Frank Viola som jag också gärna citerar.

Den första heter ”Discipleship, Mission, and Church: A Plea to Learn Our History” och tar upp några olika synsätt på mission och lärjungaskap som förekommer idag. Här är ett utdrag ur den:

”The other camp rightly understands that you cannot separate disciple-making from the ekklesia. You cannot separate the forming of people into full-pledged followers of Jesus and a living, breathing, vibrant community that gathers under His headship.

To put it another way, you can’t separate discipleship from the ekklesia anymore than you can separate child-rearing from the family. And you can’t separate the ekklesia from Jesus Himself, for it’s His very body.

I want you to imagine a saltwater fish. The fish can only survive in his natural habitat, which is the ocean. Why? Because the ocean surrounds the fish with everything it needs to live, breathe, and have its being.

The fish is also a dependent creature. Fish swim in schools.

Now consider a different image. Imagine that this fish is removed from the ocean and from its school and is thrown in someone’s backyard. People take turns spraying the fish with a water hose every 15 minutes. They also sprinkle salt on its body.

That’s an apt picture of modern discipleship.

Discipleship has been separated from the Christian’s native habitat (ekklesia) and it’s become a highly individualistic event. An individual discipler “disciples” an individual disciplee to become a better individual disciple.”

För att avsluta med något annat än ett citat får ni helt enkelt en länk till en artikel; så, här är den: ”Reframing Discipleship”

Inte så mycket mina egna ord i det här inlägget, men förhoppningsvis kanske du som läser detta blir välsignad på något sätt.

Har du läst något citat som du vill dela med dig av? Kanske har du egna tankar kring citatet att dela också? Eller något helt annat du vill säga. Tveka inte att lämna en kommentar! Det uppskattas.

Kärlek i Jesus,
// Daniel

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3 thoughts on “Delar några citat – del 1

  1. Det var underbart citat, Daniel. De bröder har väldigt mycket
    visdom att dela med oss, och vi har väldigt mycket att lära av dem som
    de delar Jesus Kristus med oss​​! Gud välsigne er!

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